Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Wireless Headphones

Disclaimer: I received Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I’ve tried a few pairs of bluetooth headphones for running over the years but the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium ($129.95 CAD) are my new favourites. And they couldn’t have come at a better time.

Unlike most headphones, the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium use bone conduction technology which sits over your ear lobe instead if in your ear. This means you can still hear what’s going on around you, which is HUGE for safety. I even feel comfortable running with a stroller along busy streets while listening to music or audiobooks. You can’t exactly carry on a conversation with someone but you can easily hear important sounds like sirens, cars honking, or yelling.

The trade off is that sound quality isn’t mind blowing, and seems to vary depending on how the sit on your ears. But it’s more than adequate for listening to some tunes on the run. The Aftershokz Trekz Titanium also contain dual noise canceling microphones for handsfree calling. At the press of a button, you can utilize voice commands to dial a number or, if you have an iPhone like me, you can ask Siri to check your messages, the weather, etc.

The headphones themselves are super lightweight and flexible. It took a short time to get used to the fit and feel of the open ear design but now are comfortable. They are designed to repel sweat, dust, and moisture, which is a must for our rainy Vancouver climate.

I, of course, chose the slate grey colour because I’m super boring like that. But they also come in pink, ocean blue, and “ivy” green (looks like more of a lime green to me) if you are feeling colourful.

Once unboxed, I had the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium set up and synced with my phone in minutes. The instructions are simple and the controls are easy to use. There are just three buttons: volume up/power, volume down, and a multifunction button. I haven’t performed a test yet but the specifications state 6 hours hours of continuous play / 10 days of standby time per charge. They charge in 1.5 hours using a micro USB cable (provided).

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Smartwool Women’s Double Propulsion 60 Pullover

I spent most of my pregnancy sweating in the heat of the summer and now that I’m ready to be outside and active again, it’s winter. Well, Vancouver winter anyway … which means rain, and lots of it! This normally wouldn’t deter me but I doubt it’s recommended to spend hours in the cold and rain with a newborn.

Side note: I’ve had neighbours and strangers say that they are surprised we’re outside at all, even for short walks on beautiful days.

Due this less-than-ideal weather as well as couple months of bedrest, recovering from a c-section, and caring for a newborn baby, I’m not where I had hoped to be in terms of fitness postpartum. But that’s okay! I’m not in a huge rush to return to my previous ultra running lifestyle, however, it does feel good to be moving again.

Luckily we had some sunshine this past couple weeks and there’s nothing quite like new gear to motivate me to get outside. So I put on my Smartwool Women’s Double Propulsion 60 Pullover and my 12 lb weight vest (Baby R in her carrier), and we took off on some long walks and even a short hike.

Cowl neck with asymmetrical snap closure
Subtle zippered kangaroo pocket

I’m ashamed to say with all my outdoor adventures over the past few years, I own surprisingly little merino wool. As the cold weather rolls in, I’ve been hearing more and more recommendations touting the benefits – it’s warm AND it wicks moisture away from your skin, whether it’s sweat or rain.

The Smartwool pullover has merino wool on the inside with additional layers of SmartLoft wool insulation and wind-resistant polyester with DWR finish covering most of the outside. The sides and under the arms are only the merino wool layer for venting and breathability.

When you are radiating heat and also have a baby radiating heat strapped to you, you quickly learn to appreciate a garment that can regulate temperature and moisture – especially because removing a layer is a surprisingly difficult endeavour with a baby carrier and particularly so when on your own.

A cold and foggy day by the river.
Black and grey - my favourite colours!

The pullover is super comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and the fit is perfect. It has a surprisingly convincing grey, woven print on the weather resistant fabric to give it a textured look.

It’s also easy to wash – just throw it in the machine on cold (which is how I do basically all my laundry) and then tumble dry low (yay, I don’t have to hang dry). The things you appreciate when your have a never-ending pile of laundry to be done.

… But my FAVOURITE feature is the zippered kangaroo pocket. I’ve never seen this before but I love it! I am always throwing important items in my pocket like money or my phone, so zippers are a must. And who doesn’t love a kangaroo sweater?

It's colder than it looks outside.
Love the textured look of this pullover!

I just have one question for Smartwool or anyone else that can answer. What are the bum zippers for? There are small zippers on both sides on the bottom of the back. Is this to fit the garment over bulky snow pants? Or to provide a little extra room in case my butt expands? I’ve never seen this before.

In any event, I can already tell this will become a staple for outdoor adventures. The only thing missing (in my humble opinion) is thumb holes.

BOCO Run Hat

Disclaimer: I received a BOCO Run Hat to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I was sent a BOCO Run Hat in September prior to giving birth to my daughter in October. Unfortunately between being on bed rest, being super pregnant, and then recovering from a c-section, I haven’t been able to actually try it while running. I have, however, worn it for walks while my body gets used to being active again. Below are my thoughts based on my experiences, as well as links to reviews by other runners.

Product Description

Born on the trails of Boulder, Colorado the BOCO Run Hat offers a great combination of technical fabrications to keep you focused on your run or your race.

  • Lightweight wicking woven polyester material provides a layer of protection from mother nature on the front and top panels.
  • Dry Tech polyester mesh side panels keep your head cool for the length of your workout.
  • Soft polyester mesh wicking sweatband on the inside to help move sweat away from your head keeping you focused on the trail or road.
  • Adjustable back snap buckle with tuck in pocket for any excess keeping the back of your hat tidy.
  • Updated styling with sublimated designs
  • Black underside of the bill to reduce glare
  • Curved bill
  • Machine washable

Function

I was curious to try this style of running hat because I’ve seen many runners wearing similar ones. It’s super lightweight and although we BibRave Pros tested it in the fall and winter, it would be best suited to warm or hot temperatures. It also has a great brim for keeping the sun off your face … but I haven’t seen much of that around the Vancouver area lately. It also pairs well with a hood to keep a light drizzle off your head.

Fit

My head is a tad on the larger side so not all hats fit comfortably and some squeeze my head too much. The BOCO Run Hat has an adjustable strap at the back and a bit of stretch in the fabric. These to features allowed it to fit me perfectly (and I assume most other people).

Style

I’m rather partial to trucker hats and toques personally. Those are basically the only hats I wear for running or otherwise. This hat was a step out of my comfort zone but like I said, I have seen other runners wear this style and always think it looks cool on them!

I’m still undecided about whether I like how it looks on me but I think once summer rolls around I’d opt for this over a trucker hat due to it being so lightweight and breathable. In the meantime, I will probably switch back to my favourite toque, also made by BOCO for BibRave, until the weather warms up or I start running fast enough to keep my ears warm!

Check out review by my fellow BibRave Pros!

Brenda – Stephanie – Matt M – Casey – Amy WMeridith – Jeannine – Lindsey – FrankFallon – Gina – Emily – Amanda L